The post-Brexit transition period: lessons from Norway

Wednesday, 21st March 2018 4:00 to 5:30 pm (GMT) BE

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RSVP 17 Apr 2018 Free

Event Summary

On the eve of the EU summit on 22 March, Open Europe will host the launch of a new book, authored by Paal Frisvold, on Norway’s experience as a non-EU member of the single market. At the summit, EU leaders and British Prime Minister Theresa May are expected to discuss the terms of the proposed “transition” or “implementation” period, which will begin in March 2019 lasting until 2021. The UK would be bound by EU rules but no longer be represented in the EU institutions. In return, the UK would retain its current access to the single market.

Topics to be discussed are: To what extent can we learn from Norway’s experience as a rule-taker? Should the EU grant Britain the same powers as Norway during this period? Is there a risk of the UK becoming “stuck” in this status and if so, under what conditions? Is reform of the European Economic Area (EEA) feasible, for example by granting member states voting rights? Could the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) become a future home for the UK, even if it doesn’t join the EEA?

Paal Frisvold is a Consultant for Norwegian industry and civil society, the author of books on the European Economic Area (EEA), former leader of the European Movement in Norway and former advisor to the Secretary General of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

The discussion will be moderated by Pieter Cleppe, the head of Open Europe’s Brussels office.

Date and Time
Wednesday 21 March 2018
17:00–18:30 CET

Some more information about the book:

Some more background on the debate on a post-Brexit transition period:

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The event will be followed by a drinks reception For more information, please get in touch via or + 32 2 540 86 25


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